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ELECTRIC EEL : ORGANIC ELECTRIC GENERATOR


What is an Electric Eel? 
The electric eel (Electrophorus electricus), is an electric fish, and the only species of the genus Electrophorus. It is capable of generating powerful electric shocks, which it uses for both hunting and self-defense. It is an apex predator in its South American range. Despite its name it is not an eel but rather a knifefish..continue..




Voltage of an Electric Eel? 
The electric eel (Electrophorus electricus), which is found in South American tropical regions, has the ability to produce powerful electric charges. The low intensity charges emitted by the eel range from 5 to 10 V. The higher intensity charges vary by the size of the eel. Smaller eels (about 10 cm in length) can produce charges of up to 100 V. Larger eels (over 1 m in length) can produce charges of 450 to 650 volts of electricity. The discharging system of the electric cells was first explained by a Martins-Ferreira, Altamirano and Keynes in 1953..continue..


Animal Facts and Trivia: Electric Eel 
An electric eel can produce a shock of up to 650 volts.Electric eels cannot get enough oxygen from water. Approximately every five minutes, they must surface to breathe, or they will drown.Electric Eels can swim both backwards and forwards.Electric Eels have poor eyesight, but can emit a low-level charge, less than 10 volts, which they use like radar to navigate and locate prey..continue..


Wild Facts Electric Eel 
Welcome to Wild Facts!  If this is your first time stumbling upon our crazy little place to learn all about animal facts than please feel free to snoop around.  As well you can leave a comment or send me an e-mail if you have any questions or would like some additional information about an animal.  If you happen to be one of the regular readers than welcome back and thanks for all of your support so far.  All of you reading this are in for a shocking post today.  No I mean it will literally be electrifying since we are going to look at the always interesting Electric Eel.  What can possibly be cooler than a fish that can give you a huge electrical shock? Well, I guess it would be pretty groovy if we had sharks with laser beams but let’s not get ridiculous (Bonus Wild Fact point if you caught the movie reference in that last line)..continue..


Fun Facts of an Electric Eel? 
Electric eels work like a battery and can discharge from 350 to 650 volts of electricity. The head acts as the positive pole and the tail is the negative pole of the battery. When it is moving it can emit electric impulses up to 25 per second. A 20-foot eel can produce enough electrical current to light 12 household light bulbs. Electric eels are mainly found in the Amazons. These guys can be dangerous and would not make a good pet...continue..


SeaPics: Pictures of Electric Eel 
The electric eel, Electrophorus electricus, is a freshwater electrical fish. Of those fish able to generate an electrical discharge, electric eels are by far the most effective, producing up to 600 volts, which it uses for both hunting and self-defense. Electric eels live in muddy waters of the middle and lower Amazon and Orinoco River basins in South America, gulping air at the surface for most of its oxygen needs, instead of in the poorly oxygenated muddy water. They have poor vision and use electro location, low level electrical fields, to navigate. Higher levels of voltage are used to kill prey or defend themselves from predators. Juveniles eat invertebrates such as crabs and freshwater shrimp. Adults will eat amphibians, fish and crustaceans...continue..

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